Senator Adeleke buried amidst tears, protests

Senator Adeleke buried amidst tears, protests

Monday, April 24, 2017 12:55 pm


Adeleke remains being taken for burial

The remains of Sen. Isiaka Adeleke has been buried at his residence in Ede on Monday , the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The corpse was brought to the residence from Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo at about 10:46am, where the Chief Immam of Ede, Alhaji Moshood Akaje performed the funeral prayers at about 11:03 am.

Adeleke’s body was immediately buried after the prayers amidst tears by families, friends and political associates.

Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti and Ibikule Amosun of Ogun, were among the dignitaries that attended the burial.

Earlier in his sermon,  Alhaji Ibrahim Adekilekun, the Chief Imam of Ansarudeen, Ede, described Adeleke as a man loved by all during his life time.

Adekilekun, who noted that death is inevitable for all humans, urged family members not to fight anyone over Adeleke’s death.

The former civilian governor was buried  near his living room within the premises according to Islamic rites.

The atmosphere at the late senator’s house was tense as sympathisers and family members wept profusely.

According to News Agency of Nigeria, family members  of the deceased were still waiting for  the result  of the autopsy conducted on the late senator.

There was heavy deployment of policemen at the residence of  the deceased ahead of the burial.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Fimihan Adeoye,  led the huge number of policemen drafted to ensure adequate security.

Some angry youths in the town, however, told the commissioner  that they would prevent state government officials from attending the burial, alleging that Adeleke was poisoned.

NAN reports that Mrs Idiat Babalola, the Senior Special Adviser to Gov. Rauf Aregbesola  on Diaspora, who came for the  burial, was mobbed.

It took the intervention of policemen to ferry her out of the residence.

Meanwhile, the Osun Government has declared a 3-day mourning in the state.

This is contained in a statement by Mr Semiu Okanlawon, media aide to Gov Rauf Aregbesola on Monday in Osogbo.

” This is in honour of the departed first Civilian Governor of the State of Osun, Alhaji Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke.

“The 3-day mourning period commences from Monday, April 24, 2017.

” During the period of mourning, all flags are to fly half mast,” the statement said.

Adeleke, 62, was the Senator representing Osun West Senatorial District at the Senate under the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC) before his death on Sunday at a private hospital in Osogbo.(NAN)

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